Eragon (2006)

Industrial Light and Magic special-effects wizard Stefen Fangmeier makes the leap into the director's chair with this coming-of-age fantasy concerning a young boy whose discovery of a mysterious dragon egg leads him on a predestined… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 15, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Written by a teenager (and it shows), Eragon presents nothing new to the "hero's journey" story archetype. In movie terms, this movie looks and sounds like Lord of the Rings and plays out like a bad Star Wars rip-off. The movie spins the tale of a peasant boy who is suddenly entrusted with a dragon and must, with the help of a mentor, train, grow strong, and defeat an evil emperor. The way the critics picture it, the makers of Eragon should soon be expecting an annoyed phone call from George Lucas.

Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly

Give Eragon a few years: By then, it might be delightfully bad.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

With no momentum and no real characters to care about, [Eragon] lumbers its way toward a grand, sequel-setting finale.

Saxon Bullock

Kids too young for Lord Of The Rings may be distracted by this below average fantasy, but for everyone else this is derivative and silly.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

A painful reminder of what fantasy cinema was like before the Lord of the Rings trilogy re-wrote the rules.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

...So heavily derivative of Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings it should be ritually torched by followers of Yoda and Frodo.

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Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Regardless of your feelings about the fantasy genre, there's one thing everyone can agree on: Elves should not be 5-foot-6.

Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

The title of Hollywood's latest fantasy epic is simply the word 'dragon' with one letter changed, and unfortunately, that's about the level of creativity you can expect from Eragon.

Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

Eragon may not be a big Oscar contender, but in a movie season filled with blood diamonds, fascist soldiers and Idi Amin, it provides a much-needed afternoon of PG-rated family-friendly adventure.

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Karina Montgomery

As my companion dourly noted, "I just paid $30.00 to see Star Wars." (And yes, that's matinee pricing and all I had was a water.) But wow, great effects, seriously.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Not as bad as it could be. Yet they did cut a lot out of the book. a love or hate series i like. Not as good as LOTR but a decent fantasy story.
Mark Walker
I enjoy a good fantastical story but I had avoided this one due to the bad things I'd heard of it. However, I eventually thought I should still give it go… More
Christian C
I didn't hate this as much as everyone else. There's nothing new in the story or the filming, but it's all done well. It is weak when compared… More
Marc Lewis
This rating is coming from the guy who liked Dungeons and Dragons. I HATED this film. In a sentence, it brutally murdered the Eragon book with a wooden stake.… More
xGary Xx
"I've got a great idea for a new movie now hobbits and shit are in vogue!" "Oh, yeah? What's it about?" "Well there's… More
Bentley Lyles
Another failed franchise by Fox. Sloppy structure, bad acting, lackluster effects, weird acting, "Eragon" gives a headache to anyone who is unfamiliar… More